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Real Food at Costco: A Shopping Guide

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Costco is one of my best tools for saving money on real food. If you’re a longtime Costco shopper, you’ve probably noticed that in the last few years they’ve been making a BIG push to add more organic and natural products. While I’ve been buying real food at Costco for years, Costco shopping has started to comprise more and more of my food budget because they offer so many great real food deals.

Tips for Buying Real Food at Costco

Costco’s inventory varies quite a bit from store to store. If your Costco doesn’t sell an item that you want, you can request that they start carrying it. I haven’t ever done this myself, but I’ve heard of other people successfully getting new products into their local Costco with this method.

Costco starts carrying new products all the time, so I recommend doing a thorough walk through every few months, to make sure that you’re not missing out on any awesome new items.

In my experience, Costco real food prices are lower than all of my other real food retailers nearly all of the time. The notable exception, however, is with fresh produce. While some fresh produce is very inexpensive at Costco (such as organic potatoes and sweet potatoes), other produce items are more expensive than what I would pay at my local farmers market.

Things may be different where you live, of course. I recommend doing a price comparison with items that you’re not sure about, instead of just assuming that Costco has the best price.

Real Food Items at My Local Costco (Mountain View, CA)

Here are the real food items that I currently purchase or have purchased in the past:

  • Kirkland organic virgin coconut oil
  • Kirkland organic extra virgin olive oil
  • Chosen Foods avocado oil
  • Alexandre Kids organic pastured eggsOrganic pastured eggs at Costco
  • Raw honey
  • Kerrygold grass-fed butter
  • Rumiano grass-fed cheese
  • Kirkland vanilla extract (with no added sugar)Grass-fed cheese at Costco
  • Canned wild fish
  • Frozen wild fish
  • Single servings of organic guacamole
  • Organic roasted nuts like cashews (I use them to make homemade cashew butter)
  • Organic sprouted nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and watermelon seedsSprouted Sunflower Seeds at Costco
  • Organic dried fruits, free of preservatives and added sugars, like mangoes, figs, raisins
  • Organic frozen fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mangoes
  • Organic frozen veggies, like green beans, peas, corn
  • Organic fresh vegetables (I mostly buy potatoes, sweet potatoes and spinach, because I prefer to get most fresh produce from our farmers’ market, but depending on where you live, Costco fresh vegetables may be an excellent option)
  • Organic fresh fruit, like grapes and bananas
  • Organic, naturally fermented sauerkrautFermented Sauerkraut at Costco
  • Organic apple cider vinegar
  • Almond flour
  • Organic chicken sausages (not pastured, but a good, affordable convenience food without sketchy ingredients)
  • Organic ground turkey
  • Organic tortilla chips

I also get some natural/green living items in bulk from Costco, like:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Liquid Castile soup
  • Epsom salts
  • Eco-friendly dish soup
  • Glass food storage containers (like these)

What are your favorite things to buy at Costco?

Real Food and Green Living Items at Costco

Real Food & Natural Living Items at CostcoI haven’t written about Costco for a while, so I thought it was time for another post on what I like to buy at Costco. Although 95% of the food items at Costco are things that I would never buy, they do have a big enough selection of high-quality gems to make it worth my time and money to be a Costco member.

Why Costco?

I am a big proponent of local food. I’ve love to buy most of our food locally, but that’s just not realistic or practical for us right now. Finding great deals on quality food at Costco allows me to put more money into those things that I really, really value, like raw milk, local grass-fed beef, local pastured chicken and pork, pastured eggs, and organic CSA produce (in the summer and early fall).…

Virgin Coconut Oil, Grass-fed Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil: My Awesome Costco Trip

I’ve written a couple of posts about shopping at Costco. (See real food finds at Costco and wild fish at Costco.) Yesterday, however, Jesse and I had such a great Costco trip that I need to revisit the subject again. If you, too, are a Costco member, I greatly hope that your local Costco also carries the bounty that I just discovered at mine. If not, I’d consider suggesting that they start carrying some of these products. 🙂

Grass-fed Butter

When we entered the dairy aisle, this wonderful sight greeted us:

Beautiful Kerrygold butter

Our local Costco (in Superior, Colorado) hasn’t had Kerrygold butter in nearly a year, so suffice it to say I was EXTREMELY excited about this.…

Frozen Wild Fish at Costco!

Although Jesse and I have been shopping at our local Costco for nearly four years now, from time to time I still manage to stumble upon items that I had no idea Costco sold. While I’m sure this is partly due to the fact that Costco periodically adds new inventory, I also seem to have just failed to fully wade through the depths of Costco’s offerings. What can I say – Costco is a big place!

Anyway, my newest discovery is Costco’s frozen fish section. I’ve bought fresh fish at Costco many times, but I’d never examined the frozen fish section until Melissa from Dyno-mom mentioned that she buys frozen wild hake at Costco.…

Real Food Finds at Costco

One of the ways that I save money on real food is by shopping at my local Costco. Although I initially wondered whether it would be worth it to maintain our Costco membership as we were beginning to transition to real foods, I have found that Costco is an excellent source for certain real food and natural living items. We visit Costco once a month or so and usually spend around $80 at a time. (More if we are buying a lot of butter!)

Here are the items that I purchase at the Costco in Superior, Colorado. I would guess that some of these offerings may vary depending on your location.…